Crew chief Spc. Scott Pauley with the California National Guard's 1-140th Aviation Battalion provides direction as a soldier with the 184th Infantry clears out of a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter at Fort Hunter Liggett, Feb. 8, 2014.
Pentagon To Relieve Debt Of Most California National Guardsmen
Lawmakers have come up with a compromise as part of the National Defense Authorization Act that calls on the Pentagon to forgive the enlistment bonuses and student loan benefits.
California National Guard Can’t Find 4,000 Soldiers Who Received Improper Payments
The supposedly missing soldiers are likely to have retired, changed addresses, moved to Guard units in other states or transferred to the active-duty Army.
SecDef Orders Pentagon To Suspend Collection Of Guard Bonuses
The defense chief has ordered the DoD to suspend the collection of bonuses improperly awarded to California National Guardsmen.
Screenshot of then-Brig. Gen. Louis Antonetti speaking in a DoD video package while visiting troops at a base in Kosovo, March 2009.
General In Charge Of CA National Guard During Bonus Fraud Also Kept Sex Offender On The Job
Retired Brig. Gen. Louis J. Antonetti oversaw the California National Guard from 2007 to 2010, during which time there was a pattern of mismanagement and failed leadership within the ranks.
California Army National Guard Soldiers from the 40th Combat Aviation Brigade prepare simulated casualties to be evacuated by a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter from Company F, 2nd Battalion, 238th Aviation Regiment, 40th CAB, at a tactical combat casualty care lane at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, Feb. 23, 2016.
Congress Knew For At least 2 Years About Pentagon Efforts To Take Back Soldiers’ Bonuses
And took no action to stop it from happening.